There are eight teams playing in Buffalo but Syracuse received the loudest cheer when the players came out of the locker room for open practice. Many SU fans and alumni bought tickets to the Buffalo games several months ago with hopes that the Orange would open the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo.
After starting the season 25-0, SU had a difficult finish to the season and struggled on offense for much of February and March. Fans said they hoped the team could have a fresh start in Buffalo in front of a friendly crowd.
SU fan Nick Kotarski brought a photo of head coach Jim Boeheim pulling off his jacket while arguing with referees at the end of a close loss to Duke. Kotarski said he wanted to have Jim Boeheim autograph it but also brought a bracket in case Boeheim did not find it amusing.